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Tips for Fall Muskie Fishing that will turn even the most Inexperienced Fisher into a Seasoned Angler

AML Fall Muskie Hunt • Credit: Andy Myers Lodge on Eagle Lake, Ontario
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Tips for Fall Muskie Fishing that will turn even the most Inexperienced Fisher into a Seasoned Angler

The time is right for Muskie fishing in Sunset Country. But the big game isn't only reserved for the professionals.

Alright folks, it's the moment has finally arrived. It's the time which avid fishers all across north-western Ontario have been waiting for since the beginning of the season. The leaves have fallen and the temperature has started to drop. The short window in which your odds of catching this fresh water lurker is is now here, and it's never been a better time grab a rod and try your luck at catching one of these monsters.

Muskies are perhaps the most sought after and well known fish among professional and sport fishermen. Their illusive, fighting nature makes them an ultimate prize for anyone who calls themselves an angler.

But you don't have to be the best in order to have a shot at catching one of these mythical beasts. Given the proper knowledge and right equipment, any fisher eager enough to try their hand at fall muskie fishing can have a successful venture.

We've prepared a short list as well as provided some insights for professional fishermen that we hope will guide you in the right direction towards becoming the envy of all your fishing friends.


Tip 1: Move to shallow waters

Many fisherman associate the infamous muskie as an illusive game either hiding in the weeds or lurking somewhere in deep water. Although it is not unlikely for muskies to still make appearances in these places during fall, it becomes more common to find these large fish harbouring near piers and jetties.

Cooler waters cause muskies to seek shallower points such as reefs where the water is warmer. This sudden shift in temperature triggers a natural instinct to feed, most typically for female muskies, and to find easy prey as the window for feeding becomes shorter and shorter by the day.

Most muskies during this time are less enthused to chase their meal. Given their passive disposition at this time of year, we advise that you slow your reeling speed with a medium weighted crank bait or plastic and let the aspect of an easy meal land you a bite.

Tip 2: Go 'Long Line Trolling'

This is probably one of the most efficient ways for catching a massive muskie this fall. As previous mentioned, muskies will seek refuge in warmer, much more shallow waters once the temperatures drops. To take full advantage of the large capacity of muskie moving inland, we suggest attaching a medium suspension jerk-bait and let your line out while trolling around islands and rocky points.

This slow moving, low maintenance technique gives the appearance of a weaken to dead fish and will likely prompt an interests from muskies who are looking for an easy snack

This technique is simple enough that even the most inexperienced of muskie anglers can have the opportunity to catch a picture-worthy monster to brag about for years to come.

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Tip 3: Patience and persistence

Any person who's spent any amount of time on the water, whether their professional or amateur, sport or leisure, will tell you that fishing is a game of patients. Not every day is going to land you the greatest catch of your life. Somedays you may not even catch anything at all; perhaps not even so much as a nibble.

The important thing to remember, especially when seeking the interest of a great muskie, is to remain patient and be persistent in your efforts. If trolling with crank-bait isn't working or you're finding that it isn't your style, try using different baits or techniques. Muskies will go for a variety of tackle, from plastics to jerk-baits, it's just a matter of finding out what works.

Also, it's very possible that every day will be different; if one location isn't panning as well as you thought, move on for a while and come back and try your luck again. Don't forget to go out a second, third or forth time. Any fish that is worth catching is worth the wait, and once you have the beauty netted and posed for a picture, you'll be glad you did.

Andy Myers Lodge 5Photo from Andy Myer's Lodge

Tip 4: Use the right equipment

You don't have to have the greatest, most magnificent top-of-the-line gear that ever graced the fishing world in order to catch yourself a decent sized fish; although you do have to be prepared. If you're a casual northern fisher like myself, you probably own 1 or 2 rods, have a decent amount of tackle, and know enough to about fishing that you can hold your own out of the lake. But I'm telling you right now, using a light action rod with 10 pound test line may work just fine for Walleye and Northerns, but it's a whole different ball game when it comes to tackling muskie.

Ensure that you have a solid rod with high-durability line (most recommended is from 65 to 100 pound woven braid) and the proper bait so that when you do land your dream fish, you'll actually have a fighting change to get the behemoth in the boat. Trust me, there is nothing worse than losing a fish when it could have been prevented with the right gear.


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